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December 28th, 2013

Thank You, Scott Scudamore

Posted in Cycling, DC, Personal, Society, Virginia by MB

Reading through Scott Scudamore‘s Facebook wall right now is an exercise in deep swings of emotion. Until you’ve experienced Scud in person, it’s not only hard to grasp just how outgoing and friendly he was, but to truly understand  how genuine his connections with other people were. The evidence, though, is in each and every one of those posts.

The first time I met Scott (2004?), I think he started off with a “Hey, I don’t mean to be a busybody, but . . . ” (and he totally did). It was at Wakefield, and he was coming over to dissuade me from riding the muddy trails. Since I’d actually just loaded my bike on the car because I’d *seen* the muddy trails, I was a little irritated at first. But Scott was waving me off of riding in such a friendly and positive way, I couldn’t help but finishing the encounter liking him.

Fast forward from there. Over the years the friendship developed, from chatting with him at MORE work days, to riding with him in Stokesville most Memorial Days, and – in the last couple of years – enjoying much longer conversations about community, aging, and making the time for important things.

While I (very much) regret not seeing him since his crash, I couldn’t ask for a better last conversation than the one we had over (many) beers at Stokesville this year. We talked about giving back instead of trying to take it with you, providing for those close to you, and the importance of making the best connections we can with other people while we’re alive.

Scud managed all of that in ways we should all aspire to, and he inspires me to live up to that.

He did that for me and many many many other people.  Well done, Scud.  Well done.

~

More about Scott Scudamore here.  Scott’s influence ranged well beyond his home in Virginia.  Since his injury I’ve seen heartfelt testimony about and appreciation of the man from the East Coast to Hawai’i.  From lifelong friends to people who he really connected with in the span of a race.

July 15th, 2013

The City (Take Eleventy)

Posted in Personal, Travel by MB

I’ve always been quite partial to this view of Manhattan (taken on a flight back from Ireland, IIRC):

View of Manhattan, New York City, NYC

But this is kind of working its way into my head:

 

(Taken IAD-LGA-YUL)

 

Manhattan from the south, LGA approach

May 21st, 2013

Perspective

Posted in Personal, Society by MB

Every once in a while, you should watch this:

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March 31st, 2013

Send Me Your Money

Posted in Music, Personal by MB

Fell down a rabbit hole of music, this afternoon.  Landed here, most recently:

March 5th, 2013

Cycling Advocacy’s Highest Goal, in 30 Seconds

Posted in Cycling, Personal, Society by MB

I would raise money to air this during the Super Bowl:

 

 

Share the Road from AAA Public Affairs on Vimeo.

February 21st, 2013

Just Over A Year Ago. And So Far Away.

Posted in Personal, Travel by MB

February 2nd, 2013

Karachi, 2006

Posted in Personal, Travel by MB

Two children and a goat on the streets of Karachi, Pakistan

January 23rd, 2013

It’s Not Live, It’s . . .

Posted in Personal, Society by MB

December 18th, 2012

Pop Love

Posted in Music, Personal by MB

Don’t know about you, but I need a chaser right now:

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November 21st, 2012

Blame It On My ADD

Posted in Cycling, Personal by MB

The action on this starts a couple of minutes in, but what makes it really special is the background that the first few minutes gives you. Check it out:

I suggest a full screening of this.